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02 June 2004 @ 11:00 pm
The Layout Contest  
Well, I think the layout contest has officially been added a few extra days, if not, sorry. ^^;;

Anyways, I'm not sure how paid LJ accounts are coded. Can anyone help me out with that?
I have an idea for a layout and I can make the graphics, etc., etc., but not sure what type of coding is used.

Is it HTML with SSI or CSS? Or CSS? @.@;;
If anyone can help me out, please do so. ^^;;

Sorry if it's over, though. ^^;;
*Clueless sometimes all the time.*
 
 
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Ai Shitagari by Tackey & Tsubasa
 
 
Ansem, seeker of the cock: Ed & Al - begin with good intentpowercorrupts on June 2nd, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
Um, it's kinda confusing if you've never done it before, and the only way to figure it out is to actually do it, usually, so you might want to try styles on GreatestJournal, since they have styles for any account over there.
But the gist of it is that the moods, the music, the date/time, the entry itself, the everything else, is a variable. Such variables, you put as, for instance, %%currents%%. But there's a lot of different fields you put information into - like, the %%currents%% might be a variable, but it's made up of the variables for the mood & music, with the coding that you've put in. You use it as a variable when you're setting the entry format, but you later use that as a variable when you're working on the lastn_page, which is the big picture of the layout, with all the html coding.

http://www.livejournal.com/styles/browse/styleinfo.bml?styleid=449271
is an example of a very basic style, with no coding to speak of (excepting a few fields that I've left with the generic generator style coding, those fields being the ones that I don't usually mess with myself, and don't really find terribly important), just the variables arranged (though, you can put them in a different order and stuff, in each field, obviously).

As you can see... it's kinda complicated. But the LASTN_Page is the html part of it. the http://www.livejournal.com/styles/browse/ can be used to see other people's styles if you want examples - some people don't make their styles' coding public, though, and it's not polite in the least bit to rip off someone else's coding.

If you don't know what any of the fields do, though, even after playing around with them (which I found the most useful, though everyone has different learning styles), you can just (A)IM me at ixikaiserixi with any questions. =D
Kristenneo_queen157 on June 2nd, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
From what I've worked on - and seen, it's a combination of HTML, CSS, and LJ's own coding stuff... that seems to use lots of % signs. But yeah. The person above has a good link. Should have looked before I commented. ^^;;
Sooyunatherlin on June 2nd, 2004 09:10 pm (UTC)
I normally just use HTML and CSS +_+ It's /really/ easy XD the only lj coding you really have to know is %%events%% and %%skiplinks%%